Emissary – Ft. Clay & Zack

After losing his wife in the Borg attack at Wolf 359, Ben Sisko accepts the command of Deep Space 9. A former Cardassian mining station in orbit around Bajor, DS9 is seen as a vital part of allowing Bajor to join the Federation. With son Jake in tow, Sisko arrives to find a station in ruins and his subordinates at each others throats. Does Sisko have what it takes to bring his house in order, or will he decide to leave Starfleet for civilian life? Clay and Zack Handlen join me to break down the pilot episode for DS9, “Emissary”! We discuss the acting choices of Avery Brooks, orbs in the shape of a peanut, and using baseball as a metaphor for life!

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DS9 Introduction

Let’s abandon our starships, and set up home base at a (mostly) stationary… station! The podcast is moving onto our next Star Trek series, Deep Space 9. Featuring what Wikipedia calls, “well developed characters, original and complex plots, and religious themes”, Deep Space 9 was not a super popular series but it has a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans everywhere. In this introductory episode, Wes explains changes to the podcast (nothing major), the upside of DIY music, and why supporting the show on Patreon might be something worth considering!

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A Taste of Patreon: Event Horizon

With the podcast moving into DS9, we thought we’d give everyone a sampling of the kind of content you can get by supporting the show on Patreon!

Patreon is a website that allows you to easily support content creators you enjoy, and one of the perks of backing The Pensky Podcast is that you get exclusive content each month! In this episode, Clay and I discuss the sci-fi/horror film, “Event Horizon”!

Please enjoy this episode, and maybe even consider supporting the show by becoming our patron!

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A Taste of Patreon: The 10 Essential TNG Episodes

With the podcast moving into DS9, we thought we’d give everyone a sampling of the kind of content you can get by supporting the show on Patreon!

Patreon is a website that allows you to easily support content creators you enjoy, and one of the perks of backing The Pensky Podcast is that you get exclusive content each month! In this episode, Trekabout and I discuss the 10 Essential Episodes of TNG, as chosen by the authors of Star Trek 101.

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The Star Trek Films: A Wrap Up

We’ve made our way through the 6 TOS films, and the 4 TNG films. We’ve seen the highs and the lows, the comedy and the drama, the Klingons and the time travel. Do we all feel a little bit older? Like time is passing us by? Clay joins me to give a brief overview of the entire gauntlet of Star Trek films, and we both detail our ranking of the movies from best to worst. The films are over, let’s move onto Deep Space 9!

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Star Trek X: Nemesis

The final film in the TNG franchise goes dark, both literally and figuratively! When a Reman warrior named Shinzon successfully coups the Romulan Empire, it’s up to Jean-Luc Picard to stop him before he unleashes a terrible weapon. But Shinzon carries a terrible secret: will Picard be able to overcome his own inner darkness to save the Federation? Clay joins me to discuss underwhelming themes, the utility of the B4 storyline, and saying goodbye to the TNG crew!

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Star Trek IX: Insurrection

After the frantic, action packed First Contact, Insurrection came along and decided to slow things down. Literally. When Picard discovers a plot to evict 600 Ba’ku from their planet in order to steal a “fountain of youth” technology, the crew disobeys their orders and mounts an insurrection. Clay joins me to discuss alien face lifts, the TNG crew telling jokes, and why the best Trek movies are the ones that are not very Trek-like.

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Star Trek VIII: First Contact

The Borg have returned, and this time they’re trying to destroy our past! When the Borg use time travel to try to avert First Contact, Picard and crew must follow them back in time and make sure that Zephram Cochrane survives to complete his warp drive experiment. Unfortunately, the Borg capture the Enterprise and Cochrane isn’t the man that everyone thinks he is! Clay joins me to discuss making films look like films, the seduction techniques of the Borg Queen, and yet another allegory to Ahab and his white whale!

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Star Trek VII: Generations

It’s time to move into the TNG movies, and we start with the polarizing “Generations”. A film that’s been disowned by its creators, “Generations” mixes TOS and TNG into one package while doing neither series the service it deserves. Kirk and Picard find the Nexus, Data gets emotions, and everyone else is mostly ignored! But, there must be some good stuff in here, right? Clay joins me to discuss time travel, not dying on the ship, and tumbling off a cliff!

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TOS Series Wrap Up – Revisited!

In this episode, Wes delays the Generations podcast by one week in order to discuss his final thoughts about TOS series and movies. He provides a breakdown of the much maligned third season, determines the best way to watch TOS, and responds to listener comments about the series. TOS is in the bag, so be sure to join us as we move on to the TNG movies!

Here’s the link to all the ratings for the TOS episodes.

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

We bid a fond farewell to the Original Series crew! In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Klingon moon explodes and the Empire is forced to make peace with the Federation. This seems to be a pretty good thing, until the Klingon leader is assassinated! Kirk and company must race against the clock to uncover a conspiracy and prevent the outbreak of war. Clay joins me to discuss saying goodbye to the TOS crew, heavy handed allegories, and killing people in zero gravity!

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Like Dinosaur Jr said, Sybok feels the pain of everyone and then he feels nothing! The Final Frontier is the directorial debut of William Shatner and a movie that is not highly regarded by neither fans nor critics. Featuring tubby actors, odd tonal shifts, and gods at the center of the galaxy, it’s a movie that feels unlike anything that has come before it (except for Dune). But is it really that bad? Clay and I discuss the fifth movie in the TOS lineage, and we break down erotic dances, jet powered boots, and movies that don’t know what they’re talking about!

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: A Whale of a Time! The final part of the film trilogy that started back in The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home certainly feels different from what has come before. Featuring no real villain, our heroes instead go back in time to find an extinct species of whale that will be able to save Earth in the 23rd century. Light hearted and comfortable, it’s a nice change of pace from the drama heavy Khan and Search for Spock: but is it any good? Clay and I discuss plots that sound absurd, the best scene so far, and Scotty the comedian!

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

You knew he wouldn’t stay dead, right? In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk and company hijack the Enterprise in order to return to the Genesis planet and reunite Spock’s soul with his body. The middle film in the trilogy that spans from Khan to The Voyage Home, The Search for Spock is also Leonard Nimoy’s directorial debut! Can it hold on to the energy and pacing of Khan? Does does it slide back into the passive drone of The Motion Picture? Clay and I discuss bad action scenes, Klingons as we know them now, and the new version of Saavik!

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

KHHHAAAAAAAAAANNNN!! When Kirk’s old nemesis returns with vengeance in his heart, the aging admiral must confront his fear of aging and death in order to save the Federation from the genetically engineered mad man! Clay joins me to discuss The Wrath of Khan, which is frequently thought to be the best Star Trek film. Does it hold up? Does it honor the sublime memory of The Motion Picture? Are the space battles really that bad? We also discuss reboots that remake, the new naval aesthetic, and underselling important scenes.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Clay and Wes discuss Star Trek: The Motion Picture! When an hostile cloud creature enters Federation territory, Admiral James T. Kirk takes back command of the Enterprise in order to save the day. A polarizing film, The Motion Picture is long, beige, and surreal. But it’s also fascinating and sometimes incredible! Clay and Wes discuss scope in film, transporter accidents, and pans for days!

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TOS Series Wrap Up

We made it to the end of our TOS podcasts! TOS has had some ups and downs, and Wes details his thoughts about how he feels about the first Star Trek series in this podcast. Which season was the best? Which characters shine, and which fade away? Does TOS hold up? All this, and more!

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Turnabout Intruder – Ft. Clay

“This is a man’s world… but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Turnabout Intruder is the last episode of TOS, and thus the last TOS episode that this podcast will be covering! Clay joins me to discuss and episode that features body swapping and gender politics, with a healthy dose of people not doing the obvious thing. We also cover women as captains, pointless doctors, and where we stand on TOS!

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The Empath – Ft. Modi Operandus

When Kirk and crew are threatened with torture by their alien captors, a mute empath might be the key to their escape. But will the empath be able to lead them out of their darkened room? “The Empath” features yet another alien judgement, but this time it’s not humans who need to defend themselves! Modi stops by to discuss the many types of bad episodes, memorable torture, and saviors with limited capabilities!

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Plato’s Stepchildren – Ft. Modi Operandus

The ancient Greeks: philosophers, artists, and… space aliens? When the Enterprise discovers a planet of immortal telepaths who have based their lifestyle on the teaching of Plato, Kirk must figure out a way to not kiss a woman! Modi stops by to discuss the infamous Plato’s Stepchildren, which is an episode known for a kiss but should be known for so much more. We discuss actors going whole hog, special effects limitations, and “little surprises”!

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Spectre of the Gun – Ft. Clay

Skin that smokewagon! When Kirk and company are thrown into an alien version of the Wild West, they have to figure out how to survive a gunfight against some legendary gunslingers. Clay joins me to discuss the surreal Spectre of the Gun, an episode that features the (temporary) death of Chekov! We also discuss The Prisoner, writing without an outline, and needless drop kicks!

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Spock’s Brain – Ft. Clay & Sean

When an alien steals Spock’s brain, it’s up to Kirk, Bones, and RC Spock to get it back! Considered to be one of the worst TOS episodes, Spock’s Brain is a fascinating episode that doesn’t do anything well. But is it as bad as everyone says? Clay and Sean join me to discuss gender roles in alien societies, why certain concepts seem goofy, and melodramatic surgery!

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A Private Little War – Ft. Modi Operandus

The Garden of Eden is no place for an arms race! When Kirk returns to a planet that he visited long ago, he discovers that things are not how he remembers them. The Klingons have created an arms race by arming different tribes with flintlocks! Will this planet have its own Vietnam War? Or will the crazy monkey creatures kill everyone first? Modi stops by to discuss serpents in the garden, the only gang bang/attempted rape scene in Trek history (sorry, Tasha), and episodes that end abruptly!

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A Piece of the Action – Ft. Mark

Yeah, see, we got deez heaters, see? When the Enterprise stumbles across a planet that has modeled itself after 1920’s Chicago, Kirk must find a way to get a “piece of the action” before it’s too late! Armed with tommy guns and zoot suits, can Kirk, Spock and McCoy figure out a way to get a cut or will the gangsters make them sleep with the fishies? Mark joins me to discuss Gilligan’s Island, action as a currency, and TNG’s “The Royale”!

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The Trouble with Tribbles – Ft. Clay

The Federation and the Klingon Empire might have an uneasy alliance, but that doesn’t mean they can simply share a vacation spot together! Into this tense conflict come the Tribbles, a species of furry, purring, lovable little hairballs that can only do two things: eat and reproduce. The Trouble with Tribbles is an iconic episode that is frequently listed as one of TOS’ best hours. So what do we think? Clay joins me to discuss Klingons as double agents, planets named after a guy named Sherman, and saying the same line twice!

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Journey to Babel – Ft. Mark

Meet the Sareks! The Enterprise picks up a Vulcan ambassador for negotitations about some space business, and boy are we surprised to find out it’s Spock’s father, Sarek! Mark stops by to break down the first appearance of Sarek, a character who holds an important place in Trek lore. We discuss Vulcan logic, plot lines that are all over the place, and the weirdness of a human mother!

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The Doomsday Machine – Ft. Clay

When the Enterprise encounters a planet destroying weapon of unknown origin, they face strife from within as a desperate commodore seizes control of the ship in order to seek vengeance on the weapon that killed his crew! Clay stops by to discuss Lovecraftian evil, the difference between a captain and a commodore, and cold as ice Spock one-liners!

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Mirror, Mirror – Ft. Modi Operandus

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most dangerous of them all? When a transporter accident sends Kirk, Scotty, Bones and Uhura to another dimension, they find that not all universes are created equal! The Mirror Universe is introduced in this episode, and it would go on to be a barbaric and iconic setting for TOS, DS9 and ENT. Modi stops by to discuss evil goatees, being a captain’s woman, and same Spock, different place!

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Amok Time – Ft. Amy

When Spock under goes the ancient Vulcan ritual of pon farr, he is drawn back to Vulcan to complete his marriage… and hopefully get laid! Amy joins me to discuss the iconic “Amok Time”, which delivers a tremendous amount of information about the Vulcans and their culture. We also discuss helmets instead of ears, the friendship of Spock and Kirk, and why you can’t leave Nurse Chapl hanging!

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SPECIAL: The City on the Edge of Forever – Comic vs Episode

In this special episode, Wes and Clay discuss the differences between The City on the Edge of Forever television episode, and the original story treatment which was redone as a comic book! Does either version have the edge? Are they too similar or drastically different? All this and more!

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